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#FirstDraft60 Day 28: Saturday Catch-Up & Review Day #amwriting #nanoprep #nanowrimo

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comIt’s the final weekend before we begin the writing portion of our sixty days . . . and I accidentally scheduled this post to post at 7 PM instead of 7 AM. Hopefully, you forged on without me.

We didn’t have quite as many “big” assignments this week, so hopefully you had a chance to catch up, to brainstorm, to really get excited about starting to write next week. Today would be a good day to review your Day 18 plan for facing/overcoming challenges and obstacles and to review/update/complete your writing schedule calendar for next week if not for the entire month of November—just to make sure that you’re ready to hit the ground running on Tuesday.

Part 1: Review of the Week
#FirstDraft60 Week 4
Here are all of the assignments from this past week. Click the day of the week to open that post in a new tab/window:

Sunday (Day 22)
Assignment:

    Answer the Sunday Reflection questions on Responsibilities, Priorities, & Writing Time

Monday (Day 23)
Assignments:

  1. Review Your Premise and Outline
  2. Create Your One-Sentence Summary
  3. Create Your One-Paragraph Summary

Tuesday (Day 24)
Assignments:

  1. If you didn’t already do it in Week 1, add a SETTING section to your Story Bible. Then ask yourself (and write down your answers to) the five questions about your setting.
  2. Add a chart (or pages, if you have lots of information in these categories) to your Settings section of your Story Bible to record/collect the suggested list of 11 areas of information about your setting.

Wednesday (Day 25)
Assignment:

  1. If you haven’t already, add a RESEARCH section to your Story Bible.
  2. Create pages in the Research section of your Story Bible for all of the specific subjects which you think you might need to research—and start gathering research.

Thursday (Day 26)
Assignments:

  1. Read the “Scene It!” series as a way to think about approaching writing your novel scene by scene.
  2. Check in with how you’re doing in the challenge so far.

Friday (Day 27)
Assignments:

  1. Read about how to “[Use] #1k1hr Sprints for Marathon Writing”
  2. Check in with how you’re doing in the challenge so far.

Part 2: Catch-Up, Update, and Brainstorm
Assignments for Saturday:

  1. Review everything you’ve done so far and catch-up with anything you couldn’t get to or couldn’t finish during the week.
  2. Update your Story Bible and Style Guide based on everything you came up with this week.
  3. Once you’ve caught up and have everything updated, do some “what if” brainstorming with your character information and backstories and see if you can come up with some additional ideas for either the characters themselves or for your story/plot. Have fun with this. And if you feel inspired to write some scenes, do it!
  4. Check in and let us know how you’re doing, what you’ve accomplished, and what you hope to achieve this weekend.


Above all else, have a great weekend!

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